Dinner & a Show: Wednesday, 1/20 | Bleader

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Show: Don Cherry Project Ken Vandermark debuts his new project with a strong septet: reedist Dave Rempis, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Nate McBride, drummer Chad Taylor, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, and pianist Pandelis Karayorgis.

9:30pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433

Dinner: Soup and Bread Featuring an appearance from Lula Cafe and the Numero Group; proceeds to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry.

5:30pm-8pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433

Fred Anderson & Corey Wilkes
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Show: Fred Anderson Trio with Corey Wilkes "Though Anderson rarely plays with trumpeters these days, from the 60s through the 90s he had an indefatigable partner in Bill Brimfield, who added rich harmonies and probing solos to his tunes. I can't wait to hear what Wilkes will bring to the mix with his extra­ordinary chops," writes Bill Meyer.

8:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $15.

Dinner: South Coast "As with Coast, its north-side sibling, the focus here is on stylish 'new Japanese' cuisine. Thankfully, our waiter gave us the heads-up on more staid sushi specials--fatty salmon, hamachi, and uni--each spanking fresh and bright," writes David Hammond.

1700 S. Michigan Ave, 312-662-1700


Show: 8 1/2 or La Dolce Vita Rodan celebrates what would be Federico Fellini's 89th birthday on with a free screening of one of the filmmaker's classics.

10:25pm, Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, 773-276-7036, free

Dinner: Big Star Unlike Paul Kahan's other ventures (Blackbird, Avec, the Publican), Big Star is a bar. But you may have to remind yourself of that, because it's got probably the tastiest Mexican menu of any bar in Chicago.

1531 N. Damen, 773-235-4039

Show: Where The Wild Things Are "To his credit, Jonze realizes Sendak’s beasts not through digital animation but through old-fashioned animatronic costumes fashioned by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and they lumber around with agreeable solidity," writes J.R. Jones.

6:30pm, 8:40pm, Logan, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-252-0628

Dinner: Bonsoiree Cafe & Delicacies The eclectically influenced contemporary American menu showcases clean, streamlined, seasonal flavors; tasting menus are now available in five, seven, and thirteen courses.

2728 W. Armitage, 773-486-7511

Performing Arts

Show: River North Chicago Dance Company At this "sneak peek" show, the company performs Three and Ella by Robert Battle, and Suppose by Lauri Stallings.

5:30pm, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, 847-864-5323

Dinner: Cafe Spiaggia Like a Himayalan peak, Tony Mantuano’s peerless Spiaggia is heartbreakingly out of reach of the average Joe with an appreciation for real Italian food, but at the neighboring cafe, he can at least summit the foothills.

980 N. Michigan, 312-280-2750